In the ongoing pressure to assimilate into the larger culture, this time of year presses hard. Lots of distraction - far less that centers. And no wonder... When over 73% of practicing atheists, agnostics, Buddhists and Hindus in the US "celebrate Christmas," it is not because we've won the battle: Something's been lost in translation. When we look at most of our own habits as the church, we seemed to have shifted more to tradition than how the Word would actually anchor us.
God is releasing a greater anointing for the work that is at hand and the work soon to come. Want it? Good. There is both promise and peril in the authority that follow. In the anointing of Israel's first king, Saul was given a new heart to walk it out, just like you. But the first stop on his journey brought him to the identity question wrapped into his tribal line: Self-centered bitterness or blessing of authority; Movement in the flesh or by the Spirit. He had to choose a
We've crossed into a new month on God's calendar in scripture - the 9th month linked to the tribe of Benjamin. Benjamin's legacy is a fierce set of leaders who manifest the prophetic words released by Jacob and Moses - a wolf AND a safe shelter. This year we are pressed to look at the transition time of Ben's birth: A life, a curse, a death, and a renaming so that the curse was broken and an identity restored. Rachel, his mother, was indeed ravenously beautiful, appointed by
If you are reading this it is likely that God has set something in your heart to dig deeper, live purposely, and be in His movement forward. Furthermore, you understand that you have an important role to play in what God wants to do in the earth. That's not arrogant - it's humbling because you know how God takes the low and weak in spirit to break strongholds. With Gideon's 300, God reveals a 7-fold process for warfare. It's crazy, risky, improbable and profoundly relevant fo